Mardi Gras Krewes have always seemed a thing of mystery and secrets to me, until a few seasons ago, when I was invited to get a glimpse inside New Orleans’ Krewe of Rex den. A den is the meeting place of carnival krewes and also where the floats are kept to prepare for parade season. Recently, I was invited to join Krewe of Artemis, Baton Rouge’s all female Mardi Gras Krewe. I’ve even been given permission to document and write about the preparations that go into that special season of costumes and throws.
There will be a special section on ShannonLane.com dedicated to the Krewe of Artemis and Mardi Gras 2010. Readers can follow along to find out what goes on behind the scenes of Mardi Gras and just how much hard work (and money) goes into this festive season.
To help celebrate this festive season, Community Coffee has roasted a special batch of their Private Reserve Carnivale Cake ground medium roast coffee. I tasted it and it gets a yummy thumbs up! It is available for purchase online until it runs out. Three lucky readers of ShannonLane.com will be randomly chosen from the comments below and they will each receive one pound of Carnivale Cake blend by Community Coffee.
To enter, leave a comment stating a city or town where Mardi Gras is celebrated. Contest is open to US residents 18 and older. Must provide valid email address (not in the comment) and respond within 3 days or prize will be awarded to another entrant. Contest ends August 25 at 11:59pm CST with winner being announced sometime the next day.
Prize sponsored by Community Coffee, a family owned Louisiana company. For information about planning a visit to see the Artemis Parade in Baton Rouge, LA, visit the Official Tourism Website.
Winner Update: Congratulation to who Carol Lawrence, clenna from NH, and Lisa were picked randomly from Random.org. Check for an email to claim your prize. All the comments were fantastic, but one place that wasn’t mentioned was Key West, who celebrates Mardi Gras. Thanks to everyone who entered and be sure to check back and follow along my Mardi Gras 2010 and Artemis Parade preparations. If you weren’t one of the winners but really want some Community Coffee and can’t get it where you live, it is available online at www.CommunityCoffee.com and can be shipped directly to your home.
Here are the random numbers:
75 117 71
Timestamp: 2009-08-26 12:50:19 UTC